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On April 1st 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force. This required all properties being let or sold in England and Wales to have a minimum EPC rating of ‘E’ or above.

The government has proposed that all rental properties will need an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above by 2025. Similar to the previous changes, the new regulations will be introduced for new tenancies first, followed by all tenancies from 2028.

Summary:

  • 5.9%, 1,711,000 homes, fall below the current government requirements of an EPC rating of E and above for let or sold properties
  • 39.92%, 11,576,800 homes, have an EPC rating of A-C (proposed government minimum requirements by 2025)
  • 0.21%, 609,000 homes, have an EPC rating of A
  • South Cambridgeshire, Breckland, Cambridge have the highest % of properties with an EPC rating of A
  • Tower Hamlets, City of London, Hackney have the highest % of properties with an EPC rating of A-C (proposed government minimum requirements by 2025)
  • Gwynedd, Castle Point, Pendle have the least amount of properties with an EPC rating of A-C (proposed government minimum requirements by 2025)
  • Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Ceredigion have the most amount of properties with an EPC rating less than E (below current government standards)

 

Average EPC ratings across all homes

 

% of Properties with an EPC rating of A % of Properties with an EPC rating of B % of Properties with an EPC rating of C % of Properties with an EPC rating of D % of Properties with an EPC rating of E % of Properties with an EPC rating of F % of Properties with an EPC rating of G
0.21% 11.82% 27.75% 38.12% 16.16% 4.50% 1.44%

 

Which cities/towns currently have the most A rated properties?

 

# Local Authority % of properties with an EPC rating of A
1 South Cambridgeshire 1.43%
2 Breckland 1.32%
3 Cambridge 1.13%
4 South Norfolk 0.96%
5 Tewkesbury 0.85%
6 Malvern Hills 0.84%
7 South Hams 0.83%
8 Exeter 0.80%
9 Pembrokeshire 0.79%
10 Selby 0.78%
11 North Northamptonshire 0.78%
12 North Somerset 0.76%
13 Broadland 0.75%
14 East Hampshire 0.73%
15 Winchester 0.69%
16 Cherwell 0.69%
17 North Devon 0.66%
18 Wychavon 0.62%
19 Wolverhampton 0.57%
20 Warwick 0.57%
21 Leicester 0.56%
22 Milton Keynes 0.55%
23 Tandridge 0.55%
24 Wakefield 0.52%

 

Which cities/towns have the most EPC ratings of A-C (proposed government minimum requirements by 2025)

 

# Local Authority % of properties with a EPC rating between A-C
1 Tower Hamlets 72.08%
2 City of London 60.41%
3 Hackney 58.23%
4 North Northamptonshire 57.96%
5 Salford 57.87%
6 Southwark 57.65%
7 West Northamptonshire 56.38%
8 Milton Keynes 56.30%
9 Basingstoke and Deane 55.13%
10 Greenwich 54.68%
11 Peterborough 54.13%
12 Islington 53.78%
13 Telford and Wrekin 52.88%
14 Knowsley 52.87%
15 Buckinghamshire 52.56%
16 Dartford 52.53%
17 Corby 52.46%
18 Vale of White Horse 52.18%
19 Swindon 51.75%
20 Crawley 51.32%
21 Bracknell Forest 51.05%
22 Cambridge 50.86%
23 Eastleigh 50.84%
24 Westminster 50.64%
25 Colchester 50.24%

 

Cities/towns with the least amount of properties with an EPC rating of A-C (proposed government minimum requirements by 2025)

 

# Local Authority % of properties with a EPC rating between A-C
1 Gwynedd 21.99%
2 Castle Point 23.41%
3 Pendle 23.65%
4 Ceredigion 24.00%
5 Isle of Anglesey 24.40%
6 Blackpool 25.26%
7 Denbighshire 25.66%
8 Burnley 25.69%
9 Hyndburn 25.86%
10 Staffordshire Moorlands 27.11%
11 Southend-on-Sea 27.33%
12 Powys 27.70%
13 Barrow-in-Furness 27.75%
14 Conwy 27.85%
15 Eden 27.92%
16 Carmarthenshire 28.47%
17 East Lindsey 28.47%
18 North Norfolk 28.93%
19 Broxtowe 29.03%
20 South Lakeland 29.24%
21 Copeland 29.60%
22 Calderdale 29.99%
23 Richmondshire 30.00%
24 Rhondda Cynon Taf 30.35%
25 Oadby and Wigston 30.47%
26 North East Lincolnshire 30.51%

 

Cities/towns with the most properties with a EPC rating of less than E (lower than current government standards)

 

# Local Authority % of properties with a EPC rating lower than E
1 Gwynedd 24.61%
2 Isle of Anglesey 22.12%
3 Ceredigion 21.59%
4 Eden 18.75%
5 Powys 18.67%
6 West Devon 16.90%
7 Cornwall 15.86%
8 Carmarthenshire 15.70%
9 Ryedale 15.48%
10 Torridge 15.37%
11 Pembrokeshire 14.02%
12 South Hams 13.99%
13 Richmondshire 13.95%
14 Denbighshire 13.36%
15 South Lakeland 12.79%
16 East Lindsey 12.51%
17 North Norfolk 12.36%
18 Mid Devon 12.32%
19 Herefordshire, County of 12.23%
20 Derbyshire Dales 12.00%
21 Forest of Dean 11.96%
22 Conwy 11.95%
23 North Devon 11.70%
24 Malvern Hills 11.03%
25 King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 10.95%

Sources: Rentround, Gov.UK: Energy Performance of Buildings Certificates published alongside the Energy Performance of Buildings Certificates Statistical release October to December 2021

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